Wednesday, 09 October 2013 20:17

The Council for Culture Reflects on Faith, Culture, and Justice

LOS NEGRALES, (Madrid) Spain.
The Council for Culture, an advisory body of the Teresian Association, has elaborated a document titled  Open and Pluralistic Reflections
, which was developed between 2011 and 2013 through a participatory process. 

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Members of the Teresian Association from different continents and countries developed the document, which was coordinated by Carmen Llopis Pla. The Council for Culture team offers it as a resource to encourage reflection on and contemplation of the diversity of experiences presented.

As stated in the presentation of the document, the document FAITH- CULTURES - JUSTICE moves us to review and return with renewed strength to the options made by the General Assemblies, especially the last three and the Plenary Assembly 2011 ad experimentum.

This is an invitation to disseminate and share the document in different spaces and contexts. This is also an invitation to pray and generate a debate on its contents. It is expected that the document will contribute significantly to the strengthening of study, reflection, analysis, and formulation of proposals to continue moving forward.

The Council for Culture’s view on faith - cultures - justice is founded on the concerns of the Teresian Association. One of the concerns is about the life of its members and its entities. It questions and launches processes and outcomes in different countries of the continents in which the Association is present.

The document also explains "the experiences outlined in this paper have as inspiration the life and thought of Pedro Poveda, they emphasize priorities of different General Assemblies of the Teresian Association (TA) that address the issues, and make visible specific good practices of those who have participated in the process."

"The contributions of the participating group express how they live the challenges that demand a just and humane justice in their context. Also, they describe how they live their faith experience and understanding of cultures in turbulent times. Therefore, to go deeply into each of the stories, we get in touch with realities, findings, and problems that make their particular context, whether personal, social, or communitarian.”

The main sections are:  

  • Faith - Cultures - Justice: Networking, visions, and approaches
  •  Lessons learned through life and commitment: experiences in different contexts
  •  Emerging needs to recreate the experience of faith - cultures - justice in the mission of the TA

The authors state that the set of reflections expressed in the document "reveal a contemplative view of the reality and TA mission in different contexts. At the same time, they reflect the efforts of participants to rediscover the imprint of God in everyday events, both local and global. Similarly, there are moments of helplessness and gloom when justice is not fully realized; when faith becomes lax, and when cultures are resistant to a revitalizing intercommunication."

The document will be translated into English and will be published.

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